When small business owners Lisa Grabisch and Ellie Campbell give gifts, they recognize it's a happy, humbling experience.
So the pair started Happy & Humble, a gift box service delivering high-quality, natural products in a curated box to your loved one's door. Boxes are available for a variety of occasions, with free local delivery to the Sarasota area. Between Grabisch's artistic eye and love for gift giving and Campbell's photography and writing experience, the pair have developed a social media following and plan to launch Happy & Humble's website on Wednesday, October 21.
The company began in December 2019, when Grabisch registered the business and started working on its Instagram account. In April 2020, Grabisch was in need of a photographer to take product photos. She asked Campbell, a professional photographer, and their business partnership and friendship began.
“I was taking photos for Lisa in April, and our kids already knew each other through school,” says Campbell. “We work really well together, are not afraid to be honest and are passionate about spreading joy and sharing the art of gift giving with others. It was the perfect fit.”
The company currently operates through Instagram, with customers directly messaging gift box requests to be shipped or delivered. Boxes cost $70 to $180, for a mini or regular size, with free shipping with purchases over $100. Products range from spa and self care items to wellness products, interior design and home decor, kids or dog packages, corporate gifts and—coming soon—special holiday themed boxes. Each box is beautifully packaged, complete with a handwritten note and ribbon handmade in Italy.
“We want to make people feel special and smile, especially during this time," says Grabisch. "We wanted to choose brands that care about customers and the community, and personalize the experience as much as possible."
Giving back is also important to Grabisch and Campbell, with five percent of each box's proceeds going toward a local charity, like Pace Center for Girls and animal rescue sites. This makes customers not only feel good about giving a gift, but supporting a charity in need.
Happy & Humble also promotes mindfulness and relaxation, with many products that encourage both. Two of Campbell's favorite brands are "Inner Piece," a puzzle brand that gives back to mindfulness education for schools, and aromatherapy brand "Happy Spritz," which has a mission to rescue one senior dog a week. Other favorites included in boxes are relaxing teas, candles, essential oil diffusers and body care products.
“Our kids take a few deep breaths of Happy Spritz's 'Breathe Deeply' scent while at their homeschool desks," says Campbell. "It helps bring you into the present moment and de-stress."
Grabisch's and Campbell's children have also been a part of the box curating process. They recommend products for the kids' boxes and offer suggestions for charities to donate to. Some products they’ve suggested are notebooks, games, positive affirmation cards, water bottles and fun toys.
"These boxes are more than just a package you receive in the mail or individual products you purchase online," says Grabisch. "It shows that the gift giver put time and effort into it."
"Giving gifts doesn't have to be about material goods; it can be about being grateful," says Campbell. "If we could feel more of that, especially now, I think we'd all be happier, too."
Happy & Humble launches its official website on Wednesday, October 21.